Steve Coogan Signs For ‘Porn Baron Film’

May 31, 2011 by  
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steve-coogan300He might be most famous for portraying pedants in I’m Alan Partridge and The Trip, but British comedian Steve Coogan will be playing a famous porn baron in a new biopic according to reports.

The film with a working title of Paul Raymond’s Wonderful World of Erotica will recount the career of the property owner millionaire who founded an empire of pornographic magazines as well as opened the Raymond Revuebar strip club in Soho.

Paul Willets – who wrote Raymond’s biography (Members Only: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond) last year – claimed last weekend at the Westminster Reference Library that discussions for Coogan to appear as Raymond in the film adaptation of the biography were “well advanced” according to Digital Spy.

Coogan also used the press call as a chance to tell reporters how much he enjoyed making The Trip and that he was considering making a second series. Altogether now… “Have I got a second series?”

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Dragon Tattoo Teaser Leaked..

May 31, 2011 by  
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Quite how this teaser trailer from the American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has remained on YouTube for so long is anyone’s guess, but we’re not complaining. Maybe Sony are leaving it up after hearing all the positive buzz that has surrounded it over the last 24 hours? Hmm… This first film in the Millennium crime trilogy hits cinemas on 26th December and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer and Joely Richardson..

Happy Feet 2 Teaser Trailer..

May 27, 2011 by  
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feet300OTB loves a bunch of dancing, rapping, singing penguins as much as the next film website so we were delighted when this teaser trailer washed up on our desks fresh from the information super-highway this morning. The trailer – which comes courtesy of Apple – doesn’t have much in the way of plot details, but at – spoiler alert! – we’ve heard that Mumble will have a sprog this time around. Happy Feet 2 also features the voices of Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Hank Azaria. It will be hitting British cinemas in December 3rd of this year.

The Lion King To Get 3D Remastering

May 26, 2011 by  
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simba210The Lion King will get a 3D remastering before it returns to cinemas in September says The Hollywood Reporter.

This follows news that Titanic will be rereleased in 3D next April. Is it possible to be bored in 3D? Let’s find out…

The Lion King is part of the so-called Disney Renaissance: that wonderful era where they could do no wrong, made up of The Little Mermaid (1989) (of which a darker version of the Hans Christian Andersen original is currently in the works), Beauty And The Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992) and The Lion King (1994).

The Lion King is still the highest grossing hand-drawn animation of all time raking in $783.8 million at the worldwide box office.

Can you feel the love etc.

Bill Nighy Aboard For Total Recall Reboot

May 26, 2011 by  
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bill210Bill Nighy is in negotiations to join the cast of the forthcoming Total Recall reboot as resistance leader Quatto. We’re assuming he’s going to be an actual person rather than a demented mutant baby growing out of someone’s stomach.

The plot this time will see Colin Farrell as a factory worker who starts to have visions that he might be a spy called Hauser working for one of the two nation states of EuroAmerica and New Shanghai, although he’s not sure which side.

It will also feature Kate Beckinsale as his wife and Jessica Biel as a woman who helps him find the resistance. Bryan “Malcolm In The Middle” Cranston will be stepping up as villain Cohaagen. Ethan Hawke is also reportedly on board in a cameo role.

Len Cranston’s version starts shooting in Toronto in June.

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The Hangover 2 Review: Pass The Berocca…

May 26, 2011 by  
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hangover300THE HANGOVER 2 (15): On General Release Friday 27th May

Sequels are difficult things to do well at the best of times, but comedy follow-ups can be especially tricky. Indeed their very existence is evidence that the shoes they are stepping into are as large as they are funny. Like a bloke who finds out that his new girlfriend’s ex was not only in a rock band, but carried off an eyebrow piercing without looking like a tit, many reprisals find the level of expectation difficult to match. The real trick is to recreate the magic of the first outing, while developing characters and moving the story along. The Hangover 2 makes no attempt to do so, but despite its decline, this shameless rehash still manages to land some decent punches. Maybe Mike Tyson’s cameo was more symbolic than we thought?

It may not be as good as its forerunner, but it doesn’t deserve to be battered like a liver on a Thai stag weekend. Unlike last time, we all know exactly what we’re signing up for, yet while Todd Phillips warned us not to expect much in the way of character development from his lovably cohesive wolfpack, we didn’t realise that he was simply planning to trot out exactly the same film on a different continent.

Once again we start with the hapless groomsmen at the end of their bender, this time atop a Bangkok skyscraper. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) are in Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Doug (2009′s lost groom) is also there but apparently the leading triumvirate’s comedy aura is rather sacred so he’s effectively forced to sit this one out as well. After planning to go for just one pre-wedding beer on the beach, the trio wake up in a soiled hotel room, with a monkey, a face tattoo, a severed finger and no memory of what came before. Oh and they’ve also lost Teddy, Stu’s Ivy League-attending, violin-playing future brother-in-law. With the help of their crazy car-boot dwelling pal Chow, they try to piece together what happened the night before and find their friend in another get-me-to-the-church on time chase. Read more

Shortlist For New Wolverine 2 Director Released

May 26, 2011 by  
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wolver210With Darren Aronofsky pulling a disappearing act on the Wolverine sequel, 20th Century Fox have been sniffing around for another director to take his place. Now Variety reports that they’ve drawn up a shortlist of eight names that they think might have the chutzpah to carry the franchise.

So without further a do, let’s go bub…

First up is Doug Liman, who had some success with The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith before pissing it all up the wall with Jumper. But he’s competent with action, has handled big name talent before and has delivered decent box office returns in the past so it’s an

Next up is Brazilian director José Padilha who’s received critical praise for Elite Squad. He’s also fresh on everyone’s radar as he’s just been hired for the RoboCop reboot (another Darren Aronofsky orphan) and has just announced his new drug Tri-Border.

Mark Romanek is a surprising name considering he’s never work on a blockbuster before. His previous efforts One Hour Photo and this year’s Never Let Me Go are much more understated affairs. Still, Wolvie 2 could probably do with a bit more soul, so it’d be interesting to see what he could make of it.

Almost a polar opposite is explosion merchant Justin Lin, who’s just finished dusting the debris off his shoulders after Fast And The Furious 5. He was due to work on The Terminator reboot but it’s probably been scuppered due to Arnie’s “Who Is Your Daddy And What Does He Do?” scandal last week, so he’s got some time on his hands.

Antoine Fuqua knows how to deliver gritty – Training Day was a resounding success. The he gave us King Arthur… But on the other hand Brooklyn’s Finest was a perfectly decent cop drama. It looks like he can do urban environments well but might have a bit of trouble with the more fantastical elements.

Gavin O’Connor will be less familiar to audiences as he’s only really worked on Miracle, the story of the 1980 US Olympic ice hockey team and crime drama Pride And Glory. Warrior, the story of a marine turned UFC fighter with Tom “Bane” Hardy and Joel Egerton will be out later this year. He’d be good for Wolverine’s fight scenes then it seems.

Then we have James Mangold, who can successfully blend drama and action as he proved with 3:10 To Yuma. It’s just unfortunate that his last film Knight & Day was a total stinker.

Lastly, there’s Gary Shore, who comes from an advertising background but made this impressive trailer for a film he wants to make called The Cup Of Tears which has plenty of swordplay. It’d be a big gamble if Fox gave him the job but it wouldn’t be the first time that major franchises have been given to commercial directors. Sometimes this works well (David Fincher – Alien 3 might have been cack but it wasn’t his fault and just look at what he’s done since), sometimes it doesn’t (McG – Terminator: Salvation – go drown yourself in a bucket).

So with those names released, who do you think should get the gig? Snikt!

Heartbeats Review: Signs Of Life

May 26, 2011 by  
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HEARTBEATS: On General Release Friday 27th May

Audiences who keep up with film festivals, or read unbearably pretentious magazines that are solely sold in Shoreditch and Soho, will more than likely be acquainted with Xavier Dolan, the current darling of French-Canadian cinema who won minor acclaim after his debut J’ai Tué Ma Mere (I Killed My Mother) became a talking point among critics. An actor/director, he is praised both for his fashion magazine approach to cinematography and his retro-chic persona. However, a sizeable majority think he’s just that: a poser of no particular substance.

On the basis of just one film there were those who let hyperbole get the better of them, going so far as to compare Dolan to Godard, Truffaut and Bertolucci, which is sort of like comparing Scarlett Johansson to Marilyn Monroe – they’re leagues apart. Interestingly, he denies having ever seen or heard of the auteurs he is accused of borrowing from, the faint stench of horseshit lingering in the air.

Perhaps, the choice of subject matter did little to distance his work from Truffaut; particularly a love triangle between three carefree twenty-somethings echoing the skeleton plot of Jules & Jim, not to mention the techniques he employs and the subsequent disregard to integrate them into the mise-en-scene (slow motion set to music, minimalist plot, etc). Read more

McAvoy: “UK Film Makers Dumb Down Scripts”

May 25, 2011 by  
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mcavoy210James McAvoy says that he fears for the future of the UK film industry because UK Film makers “dumb down” their scripts for US audiences.

Speaking to Sky News he said, “”We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them. The Americans watch it and go ‘This is a really unsophisticated dumbed down movie. Why would we want this? Why do we like this? We don’t.

It’s like we’re patronising them and short changing ourselves…”

But he firmly believes that movies like The King’s Speech prove that there is a place for intelligent cinema at the top of the box office “”I think the whole thing is to keep trying to make the best possible movie that you can and hopefully the cream rises to the top. And sometimes you know you look at something like The King’s Speech, which is made for relatively little money compared to X-Men and it just keeps making money, making money, making money.”

Hmm, we’re not so sure that we agree with Mr McAvoy. While there certainly is a place for intelligent films, the top 10 grossing films of 2011 so far include such mind-vacuums as Adam Sandler tedium parade Just Go With It, shoot ‘em up simulator Battle: Los Angeles and absurdly demented Fast Five – hardly the bastion of intellectual discourse. So, dumb or not, a sure way to make money is marketing, not sophistication. More’s the pity.

New UK Conan Poster

May 25, 2011 by  
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Meatheads on patrol! Here’s the new poster for Conan, the reboot of the classic Schwarzenegger flick starring Jason “I eat my Wheaties” Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Said Taghmaoui and Ron Perlman.

Apparently it’s “A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realises he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.”

It’s out on the 24th August and whatever you say, it’s better than the new Breaking Dawn poster.

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